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Avian Health Network Newsletter
September 2004 - Volume II Issue XII

In this issue:

  1. Happenings at AHN
  2. Vendor Spotlight
  3. Re-revolutionizing Aviculture, One Bird At A Time
  4. Website of the Month
  5. Ask the Expert
  6. In Appreciation
This newsletter is dedicated to Rocky, lost to PDD on February 6, 2003.
  1. Happenings at AHN

    1. Online Conference
      Learn from the BEST experts in avian awareness... without leaving your house! Participate in the Avian Health Networks 2004 Online Conference!

      Enjoy expert lectures on topics ranging from bird photography to avian behavior to research in avian medicine. Just to name a few, Kashmir Csaky will write an article titled Should You Get Another Bird? Becky Margison and Laurella Desborough will be writing on the hot topics of Animal Welfare vs. Animal Rights. Malcolm Green will address the question, Does my Bird Have PDD?

      Dont worry about raising your hand in class--at the end of the lecture, the pros will answer your questions! The Online Conference will start November 20, 2004. Advance Tickets on Sale Now!

    2. "Birds of a Feather" Quilt

      For a sneak peek at some of the beautiful and creative quilt blocks bird clubs have donated to make the "Birds of a Feather" quilt, go to the new 2005 "Birds of a Feather" Quilt page.

      Carla Thornton has written an outstanding article at entitled QUILT OF HOPE. Check it out!


      Tired of searching for bird stuff on eBay? Would you rather buy bird stuff from bird people while helping the StopPDD campaign? The AVIAN HEALTH NETWORK AUCTION SITE is now open!

      Visit the online auction site by bird people for bird people! PLUS, there are no listing fees for sellers--only a closing fee if the item sells! Register for FREE and get a $5 credit to use towards vendor closing fees. Please support the vendors who are helping to support StopPDD.

    4. Toys
      The Toys are back in town! In the market for quality toys? Who isn't? Support the StopPDD campaign by ordering among the three quality toys AHN volunteers selected for your birds this year.

    5. Parrots at Play Calendar

      The 2005 Parrots-at-Play Calendars are now up in the Avian Health Network Auction Board. Orders are now being taken for October delivery. Get yours today!

  2. Vendor Spotlight: C & L Aviaries

    This months Vendor in the Spotlight is C & L Aviaries! Len and his wife, Carol, owners of C & L Aviaries , are no strangers to Avian Health Network and the fight to StopPDD! For the 3rd time in the last year, they have a special offer to help raise monies for PDD research.

    During the month of September 2004, C & L Aviaries will donate 10% of each sale (less shipping) to Avian Health Network for ongoing PDD Research at the University of Georgia. Len and Carol are also offering free shipping on toys totaling $50.00 or more. A leading retail supplier of bird products, they offer a wide range of parrot foods, toys, cages, and other avian supplies!

    Just place an order in September at on their website and a portion of your purchase goes toward PDD Research! What an easy way to help StopPDD!

    Len will also be in the Albany, New York area on September 18th, 2004. Dont miss the chance to help StopPDD by visiting the C & L Aviary booth at the Capital District Cage Bird Club, 11th Annual Bird Mart, to be held at Best Western Hotel on Wolf Road! For more information on the bird mart please contact Bruce Smith at 518-862-9650 or Pat Huff at 518-765-5706.

    As always, thanks in advance to the vendors who join with Avian Health Network and Dr. Branson Ritchie at the University of Georgia to help StopPDD!

  3. Re-revolutionizing Aviculture, One Bird At A Time
    By Nate Waddoups

    In the last few years.another revolution has been quietly building. Stories are popping up here and there of pet parrots whose wings aren't clipped. What's more, these are often not the sad stories of lost birds that most people expect, but rather happy stories of birds that fly to their owners for play during the day and fly to their cages at night when they want to sleep. There are even people out there who allow their birds to fly outdoors, day after day.

    The preceding is an excerpt from an article written on one of the most controversial topics in the parrot community namely, free flight. Read the article in its

    Nate Waddoups maintains his own website, where you can read more about free flight, parrot behavior, clicker training and a host of other topics.

  4. Website of the Month
    Caiques Are People Too

    By Adrianne Mock

    Caiques (pronounced Kai-eeks) are super high energy, fun little birds (but don't let THEM hear you call them 'little'). Think of a Goffins Cockatoo on speed... in yellow, black, orange and white! The Caiques Are People Too website is an informative and fun place to visit... as high energy as the birds it represents. There are Caiques at play, in the "bath", hair surfing and (of course) eating!

    The "Hazards" link is especially useful, covering dangerous toys and poisonous plants among other things, with photos and links for you follow. You will also find videos, pictures, and links on nutrition. If you move and hold your mouse pointer over the pictures you will find surprises around every corner ... just like Caiques!

  5. Ask the Expert
    By Bobbie Robinson

    Question: Is the ozone emitted from air purifying systems safe for birds to breathe?

    Answer: It all depends on who is asked. Manufacturers insist their low emission units are perfectly safe. However, the FDA warns that even low emissions put humans with respiratory problems at risk. Units with higher emissions put everyone at risk. Bird owners must decide for themselves what is best for their bird. Because good information is necessary for a sound decision, let's take a very basic look at a bird's respiratory system. Their system for air intake differs vastly from the mammalian respiratory system.

    When humans inhale, the lungs inflate with air and deflate when exhalation takes place. Fresh air goes in, stale air goes out. Birds have relatively small lungs and nine air sacs that play an important part in respiration. The air sacs are not directly involved in the exchange of gases but allow for unidirectional flow of air through the lungs. This means that air moving through the lungs is mostly "fresh" air and has higher oxygen content. The air sacs however will retain some of the stale air until the next breath is taken.

    During inspiration, part of the fresh air passes through the lungs; the rest enters a posterior air sac. During expiration, fresh air stored in the posterior air sacs enters the lungs while stale air in the anterior air sacs is moved directly out. Simply put, birds retain a fair amount of stale air making it comparable to "double exposure" to pollutants and harmful substances.

    Given the sensitivity of avian respiratory systems, it is best to avoid using an air purifier that produces ozone in any amount. There are air purifiers available that produce no ozone. Once a bird's respiratory system is compromised, the damage is usually irreversible. In my opinion, ozone emissions are not worth the risk.


    Avian Health Network wants to thank Carlos and Monica Gonzales at Grey Feather Toy Creations for their gift to the StopPDD Campaign. With Carlos and Monicas generosity and that of everyone who placed an order at Grey Feather Toy Creations during the month of August, AHN will be able to send another check to Emerging Diseases Research Group to help keep their PDD research funded.

    Looking for a way to help?

    Volunteering just one or two hours a month to help the StopPDD campaign can be very rewarding. We need people who can help with the annual "Birds of a Feather" Quilt, get involved in our fundraising activities, staff information booths at trade shows, fairs, and bird marts, download and print out educational brochures and give them to your local pet stores, vets, animal rescue organizations, etc. A lot of this can be done right from your computer. If you are interested in volunteering a little time to help, please contact us.

    • If you are a vendor and would like more information on how you can join the fight to StopPDD, go to or contact us at Don't forget your $5 credit to use at the auction site and help us grow this new way to help fund avian research!

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This newsletter is dedicated to Rocky, lost to PDD on February 6, 2003.

There is great article about Rocky, PDD, and AHN at
Rocky and his owner, Bob Howard, are even pictured in this article.

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